Thursday, March 26, 2009

Banyan tree

Happy Gudi Padwa, Ugadi -Its new year in many parts of India.
When I started painting landscapes year back ,I used to try and paint every detail of what i could see and then make complete mess of it. e.g. If I wanted to paint tree then i would try and paint each branch and leaf in detail. Then one fellow senior artist told me to try painting masses. He told me imagine its night and you can't see all the details only shape of the tree still you can make out if its mango tree or pipal tree because every tree has its own characteristics. Here I have tried to paint Banyan tree with very few details to suggest leaves and highlighting its aerial roots.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


My attempt at pastels
Varkari is religiuos and spiritual movement in Maharashtra established by saints in 16th century. ( some trust that this tradition is even older )Vari in Marathi means pilgrimage, These varkaris walk from their home town carrying safron flag palkhis (Palanquin) of saints .after walking 100s of miles these varkaris gather at holly town of Pandharpur. This happens twice in year and there are varkaris who do this "vari" every year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Seascape done last Sunday. There were so many boats anchored there and so many subjects to paint , I could have done few more paintings but it was so hot that quickly finsihed only this one. Plan to go there but early in the morning.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


This week it was too hot to go outside .This is plant known as Moneyplant in India. This is outdoor plant and have done this painting from life but seating in comforts of home. Outdoor plant grows as creeper over other tree branches and can grow very tall. This can also be grown as indoor decorative plant.
Here I have tried to capture characteristics of this plant with bold strokes.

What if money really starts growing on this plant :)

Friday, March 6, 2009


March-April months correspond to Vasant Ritu ( Spring Season) , the Lord of all seasons. Here in Mumbai it simply means we have hot summer approaching . Though Vasant ritu is not that pleasant in this part of India as depicted by so many poets , its definitely beautiful because we can see some colorful trees these days.